POEM Kittie Belltree

NWR Issue 120

Unspoken II

A secret fell from a seventh-floor window – flung out in a frenzied
exchange. As it plummeted, incidents from its life raced across
the face of the moon. The secret saw its birth – small, insignificant,
why – so small, it spent its first few years in a pocket. Then there
was shouting; being hurled at a door, followed by a shoe, then a
bottle or two. Being stamped on, stretched and twisted, hidden in
the back of a drawer...



This is a preview poem from Kittie Belltree’s collection Sliced Tongue and Pearl Cufflinks, forthcoming from Parthian this autumn. This collection uncovers the haunting, unspoken effects of trauma within and against family and interpersonal relationships, and was written with the support of Literature Wales’ Writer Development Mentoring Scheme. This poem was highly commended in the 2015 and 2016 PENnfro Poetry Competition.

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